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Congress Unlikely to Give Stamp of Approval to Obama Postal Plans

Linn’s Stamp News dug into President Obama’s budget to find out what he proposed for the US Postal Service. And it did take some digging – “His ideas began on page 1330 of the appendix to the almost $4 trillion fiscal 2017 spending plan,” it wrote in its story on Friday.

The weekly magazine devoted to stamp collecting said all signs point to a rejection of the President’s plan by Congress, and it sought comment about the President’s postal-related proposals from key players, from major mailing groups, to a Senator who has been leading the charge for postal reform, to the USPS itself.

Linn’s also reviewed some of the things Congress may not be so happy about – for example, one of Obama’s proposals in his budget:

“It would also allow the USPS to revive its plan to end Saturday deliveries if mail volume drops below 140 billion pieces for four consecutive quarters, and to continue to close small and rural post offices.”

And the President’s plan would tackle the issue of retiree health costs which the USPS says are a big part of its financial problems. Linn’s said that under the President’s plan, “The USPS would continue to pay for its retiree health costs, but on a 40-year schedule instead of the 10-year plan enacted in a 2006 law that led to the agency’s current financial problems.”

Linn’s Stamp News did a first class job of reporting on the President’s proposal (pun intended). You can find the full story on the Linns.com website. Its conclusion: At the moment, Congress does not seem willing to adopt the Obama plan.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.